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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Paperback – December 3, 2009
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As Louisa Locke, she has written Between Mountain and Sea, a novel in the open source science fiction world of the Paradisi Chronicles. To learn more about her historical mysteries or the new science fiction series go to http://mlouisalocke.com/. If you wish to be notified of new publications subscribe to her newsletter or click the yellow FOLLOW button under her photograph on her Author Page.
Dr. Locke is an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative, and a founder of the Paradisi Chronicles. For those of you who have read her work, Locke would love to hear from you at email@example.com.
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When I finished this book I immediately missed Annie (a liberated woman ahead of her time!) and the other characters, showing just how well they had been brought to life and made, dare I say...memorable. The mystery was well plotted so I went down the wrong path along with the police at first. The setting of Victorian San Francisco and period details are rich and layered, easily woven in the overall story from the attitudes towards Chinese and class divisions to the strict propriety rules restricting women. The journey back in time seemed so complete I felt jarred if pulled back into the modern world when my reading was interrupted.
The climax and revealing of the murderer was tense and an edge-of-your-seat ordeal where Annie is in very real danger. The ending was satisfying and I put the book down smiling at the wrap-up.
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M. Louisa Locke has a Ph.D. in history, and her research is meticulous. However, she never lets it stand in the way of her story-telling, and, in fact, her deep knowledge of the past enriches the story and makes it more credible even as it overturns your pre-conceptions of the nineteenth century.
Very highly recommended and I look forward to her next book when it becomes available.
At twenty-six, Annie is a widow without family to protect her. Since her husband squandered his money and her inheritance before he committed suicide five years earlier, the San Francisco home she inherited from her aunt and converted to a boarding house is the only thing that saved her from being forever dependent on her dead husband's family, who blamed her for his suicide. Annie inherited the house after she settled her late husband's debts. However, one of her husband's creditors believes he can intimidate her and rob her of a successful business, as well as her independence.
If all of this isn't strange enough, Annie does the unthinkable for a woman in 1879. She decides to go undercover, as a maid named Lizzie, and find out what happened. In the process, she finds herself falling in love with her dead client's attorney, Nate Dawson. As Annie and Nate chase criminals, Nate finds himself strongly attracted to Annie and thoroughly confused by her intelligence, independence, and sometimes-unladylike behavior. He soon learns that Annie is also versed in finance and the stock market, thanks to her father, and that she knows a great deal about her client's financial affairs.Read more ›
Rather, the book was about Mrs. Annie Fuller, the widow who has found a way to eke out a living by running a boarding house and offering financial advice as t...moreIt can be difficult for me to read books about San Francisco; it irritates me when they take too many liberties, and it annoys me when they get things wrong. That said, Victorian San Francisco was done well, and I felt like the setting was well handled; it was S.F., but it wasn't overdone, and it was never really about the city.
Rather, the book was about Mrs. Annie Fuller, the widow who has found a way to eke out a living by running a boarding house and offering financial advice as the clairvoyant Sybil. Things get complicated, however, when an old associate seeks to call in her dead husband's debts and a friend turns up dead.
I found myself satisfied by the story, the developments of characters and relationships felt natural and well paced. I didn't feel like anyone was terribly unbelievable, and I hadn't solved the mystery within the first couple chapters, all of which bodes well for the title. There are seemingly more titles forthcoming by this author, and I'm likely to seek them out, as this one was very good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The rich bounty of a boardinghouse full of amazing characters combined with all the historical tidbits about San Francisco make this book a treasure. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by MagicOne
While it started out kind of slow, the story and interesting details of the period kept me engaged.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well done historical mystery set in Victorian San Francisco.Published 3 days ago by Mark from Haifa
Nice little period piece. We have upper class widow running a boarding house in San Francisco after the death of her husband who had lost all their money. Read morePublished 4 days ago by E.P. McLean
Historical fiction. Quick read I enjoyed it for the Victorian stylePublished 5 days ago by linda whitehead
Was not hard to figure out who did it, but then it's not why you read cozy mysteries is it.Published 5 days ago by Ginette Cyr
Since I am not a fan of either Victorian novels or fortune-tellers, I didn't expect to really enjoy this book. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ethel